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Two Downtown Dining Vets Convene For Japanese Sandwiches in Echo Park

Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto join forces for Konbi

Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Chefs Akira Akuto and Nick Montgomery are gearing up for a new project called Konbi in Echo Park. The project first got teased earlier this week on Instagram, and word is the place could be ready to roll by as early as June.

Konbi keeps a simple premise, to deliver Japanese-style sandwiches on the quick to the greater Echo Park and Eastside communities. The shop will also serve a light collection of other, often vegetable-focused dishes, plus coffee and tea and morning pastries. Expect cafe-like hours, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Montgomery and Akuto should be familiar to Los Angeles diners as the opening chefs behind Osso, the critically-lauded but short-lived Arts District restaurant. Before that the duo was cooking together at Momofuku in New York City, and more recently Montgomery has been doing a few different pop-ups around town.

Expect a potential opening for Konbi on the early side this summer. When it arrives the project should immediately start to fit in with a few of the other design-influenced casual spots currently dominating the Sunset Boulevard stretch, including tea-focused Hey Hey and the popular new Triniti not far away.

1463 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA